The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is now playable on PC thanks to a few unofficial ports, and a fan is adding ray tracing for that extra boost.
Released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time became one of the most important releases of its generation, if not of all time. Considered a historic video game that helped usher in the shift to 3D in the 90s, it was instrumental, along with mario 64 and the original half life, to help the industry move forward. Therefore, it was almost inevitable that the game would be unofficially ported to PC, and now players can enjoy better dynamic lighting and shadows.
Modder Dario takes the PC version of Ocarina of time and giving it a ray tracing facelift. As spotted by DSO Gaming, a few screenshots and a video on Twitter show off the improved lighting effects of this nearly quarter century old Nintendo classic. Currently, the mod is still under development and there doesn’t seem to be a release date yet. It’s also worth noting that since it’s still in development, it’s likely that any featured images or footage will see additional enhancements before the add-on rolls out.
Either way, Dario’s mod is looking pretty good so far, and many fans will no doubt be looking forward to the upgrade. With some unofficial PC ports from Ocarina of time having been released not so long ago, there are now opportunities for people to play the beloved The Legend of Zelda title, which was originally only available on N64 and later on GameCube. There was also the 3DS version, released in 2011, and now a Switch port available through a Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscription. In general, it was quite difficult to play OoT without a Nintendo console.
Dario is also no stranger to improving the visuals of classic Nintendo games. They managed to do a ray tracing update for mario 64 on PC, another classic game from a bygone era. Similar to the Ocarina of time mod, Dario has given the aging title a lighting boost, making it feel a bit more up to date, even if the overall graphics have become outdated over the years.
Ocarina of time is considered by many to be the best The Legend of Zelda game ever made, with a near-perfect Metacritic score of 99. As such, it’s nice to know people can play it on something other than a retro console. For anyone who missed the original game when it was released 24 years ago, now seems like the perfect time to give the PC ports a boost.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is available on 3DS, GameCube, Nintendo 64 and Switch.
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Source: DSO Gaming